Urban Youth Resilience in Zimbabwe: Reflections on the Mufakose Youth of Harare in Light of the Provisions of the National Youth Policy
Keywords:sustainability, development, adolescence, capacity building, engagement, policy
This article is based on a study that investigated the impact of the effectiveness of the National Youth and Employment Policy on urban youths. The article emanates from the move by the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a National Youth Policy. The policy stance was influenced by the idea to enhance the well-being of youths. This has been the general global and regional stance. The literature points to the fact that governments are focusing on youth towards the sustainability of their developmental initiatives. Using a qualitative research methodology with interviews used to collect data, thematic content analysis is used to analyse the data. The study identified that youths engaged in various illegal activities following idleness - drug abuse, robbery and rape, among others. The article recommends that government engage in youth empowerment programmes.